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China – Br. Henry Hung: one of the most famous EAO Salesian Brothers

03 julho 2018
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(ANS – Hong Kong) – Salesian Brother Henry Hung Ling-yeung (1944-1998) was probably among the most prominent and internationally known Salesian Brothers in the East Asia-Oceania (EAO) Region. His specialization in Electronics Engineering, in Turin, Italy, empowered him to serve his “second homeland” in Taiwan (Republic of China) in his mature years.

Hung was born in Koyui, Guandong province, China, on 31st October 1944. At 10 years of age, he enrolled in Hong Kong Salesian “Aberdeen Technical School” in 1954, and was baptized in the same year. With the permission of his parents, he joined the “St. Dominic Savio” Aspirantate in Hong Kong and make his first profession on 16th August 1963. Hung was bright and eager to learn, he was also practical and realistic. The superiors sent him for further study in Italy - Turin, “Rebaudengo Institute” for Salesian Brothers. After 7 years he obtained PhD in Electronics Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin.

After his return to China province in 1972, he was assigned to Salesian Technical School in Tainan, Taiwan. At the same time, he was invited as visiting professor to the “National Cheng Kung University” as a researcher. In November 1978 Br. Hung went to the USA SDB Provinces for research - where he also taught in DB Technical School. He was involved in Don Bosco Multimedia project (East - New Rochelle) and also went to assist in computerization program (West - San Francisco).

He spent his last 17 years of his short life again in Taiwan: since 1981 was assigned in Salesian Technical School as Head of Electricity and Electronics Department and workshop design work, and continued also his teaching and research at Taiwan National Cheng Kung University. Subsequently, he was appointed a chaired specialist and consultative member in the “R.O.C. National Science Committee”, the Head of the School of Information Technology and advisor to the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome. Not long after that, he was elected to be one of the Top Ten Young Scientist of Taiwan.

In the 1990's, the SDB Provincial, Fr. John Baptist Zen, commissioned him to study the situation and vision of the Technical Schools in the CIN Province. Br. Hung submitted a report, which was important in the reshaping of the Technical Schools in later days.

Henry possessed great talent and knowledge and was learned in his field, but at the same time, he was a low-key gentleman, friendly and easy to approach. As University professor he really put seriously his heart in this work. As Salesian he like also to take care of those Hong Kong and Macau students who came to Taiwan for university studies. In his daily community life, he would be always keeping the timetable of prayers as a good religious Brother.

Besides founding the “Information Engineering Research School” in the Taiwan National Cheng Kung University, also successfully developed many systems for the Information Technology in Taiwan, effectively raising the standard in the Computer industry. In 1990 he obtained the Honour of “Outstanding Person in Information Technology,” in 1993 his name was recorded in the “Famous Persons in the World”. Looking back at his teaching career, he has trained over 150 PhD's and MEng's in Taiwan.

Twenty years ago, when he was on summer break in Macau (Escola D. Luis Versiglia) one afternoon he went for a bicycle ride and was unfortunately involved in an accident. As result of his injuries, he died aged only 54. That was a great loss to the Congregation and to the civil society. But heaven was to add one illustrious 'Doctor' who was like a perfect electronic project, singing forever the praises of God his creator.

Source: AustraLasia

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